Trending Topic Gender and Intersectionality

Since its inception, the Gender Equality Index has strived to reflect this diversity. Intersecting inequalities capture how gender is manifested when combined with other characteristics such as age, dis/ability, migrant background, ethnicity, sexual orientation or socioeconomic background. An intersectional perspective highlights the complexity of gender equality.

In this brief video, Kimberlé Crenshaw, a 2017 National Association of Independent Schools People of Color Conference speaker, civil rights advocate, and professor at the University of California Los Angeles School of Law and Columbia University Law School, talks about intersectional theory, the study of how overlapping or intersecting social identities—particularly minority identities—relate to systems and structures of discrimination.

The aim of this primer is to provide a clear-language guide to intersectionality; exploring its key elements and characteristics, how it is distinct from other approaches to equity, and how it can be applied in research, policy, practice and teaching.

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